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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines goes over the common issues that arise when preparing InDesign documents for printing and shows how to tweak PDF and document settings to ensure the perfect print. The course shows how to avoid mistakes by preparing documents correctly upfront, covering document construction, layout, ink management settings, and output options. Prepress processes in Acrobat are also covered, including accurate soft proofing and packaging in the PDF/X formats. Exercise files accompany the course.
In a previous movie, we talked about placing RGB images into InDesign and converting them to CMYK, either when exporting a PDF or letting your printer covert them while processing the job. If you're working with RGB images, you should have an ICC profile embedded in each image. We can use our Links panel to see what profiles are embedded. When I open that up, I want to go ahead and choose Panel Options and click on Color Space and ICC Profiles. Next, I am going to make my Links panel a little wider, so I can actually see what profiles are in here.
I notice I have RGB images. This first image has Adobe (1998) as its ICC Profile. The next image has Document RGB. Well, what exactly is that? I am going to go under my Color Settings, and when I do that, I can see we're using North American Prepress 2. For RGB images, it's using Adobe RGB (1998). Now, when I look at another image here, I can see it's using sRGB. As I scroll down my document, I can see the rest of them are all using Document RGB.
Well, what happens if I wanted to change one of these image's ICC profile? I can go ahead and I can click on that image. When holding down the Ctrl key on my Mac or right-clicking on Windows, I can go ahead and open up the Image Color Settings panel. And when I do that, I notice this particular image has no embedded ICC profile. If it did, it would be listed above Use Document Default. So if I want to change the profile from Document Default, I can go ahead and I can just select another profile here. Maybe I have a camera profile or a scanner profiler.
If not, I can just leave it at the profile that's there. I am going to go ahead and look at this image in Photoshop. I am going to go to say Edit with > Photoshop and when I do that, and I pick my Document Profile, I notice this one is an untagged RGB image. That simply means this image was not tagged with an ICC profile when it was saved. I can go ahead and I can assign that profile right in InDesign. So as we can see, working with RGB images isn't a problem, as long as they either have ICC profiles attached or the correct color settings set up in InDesign.
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